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DEC Finalizes Plans to Relocate and Upgrade Lake George Beach Boat Launch

January 31st, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoThe final design plans to relocate and upgrade the Lake George Beach Boat Launch are completed New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Robert Stegemann announced today.

“DEC is committed to increasing recreational access to the state’s natural treasures for both New Yorkers and visitors to the state. The design and operation of the boat launch will provide additional access for boaters to Lake George while ensuring the safety and minimizing the impacts on users of Lake George Beach and nearby residents,” said Director Stegemann. “The input received from residents and local officials led to modifications resulting in a boat launch that boaters, bathers and residents will all appreciate.”

The boat launch is part of a two-year project to improve the roads, parking lots and access to DEC’s Lake George Beach Area – aka Million Dollar Beach. Improvements to the roads and parking lots through the use of porous asphalt and other stormwater management features will also protect the water quality of Lake George. The sidewalk along the beach will be upgraded increasing safety, convenience and attractiveness for pedestrians. A boat wash station is planned for the boat launch that will provide further protection for the lake.

“I am thrilled Governor Cuomo and DEC are upgrading the facilities at Million Dollar Beach to make it more user friendly and provide more protection for Lake George,” said Town of Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson. “The beach is a key asset to our community and its tourism driven economy. We couldn’t be happier with the planned improvements.”

“Million Dollar Beach has always been a primary destination of visitors to Lake George, the planned improvements will raise the attractiveness and accessibility of the beach,” said Lake George Village Mayor Robert Blais. “As chairman of SAVE the Lake, I am also pleased that boaters will have increased access to the southern basin of the lake while protecting the lake from aquatic invasive species.”
Lake George Beach

DEC held a number of meetings with local officials and residents. In response to the concerns expressed at these meetings and in other communications, DEC undertook a second review of the boat launch project and made changes to the plan. The second review included sampling lake depth out from and along the whole stretch of Lake George Beach.

Due to water depths and problems identified with other possible locations DEC once again concluded that the boat launch will be moved to the site at the eastern end of Lake George Beach. However, in response to the comments received, a number of modifications were made to the proposed design and operation of the boat launch, including:

  • The ramp location will be shifted west so that it will be 358 feet from the eastern shoreline of residences on Rose Point Lane;
  • The boat launch ramp is now oriented to point away from the eastern shoreline rather than straight out into the lake;
  • A 150-feet-wide navigation area will be marked with buoys to keep boats approximately 300 feet from the eastern shoreline;
  • The swimming area at DEC’s Lake George beach will be shifted 100 feet west to provide sufficient separation from the boating navigation area; and
  • The boat launch will not operate 24 hours a day during the busy summer boating season.

DEC’s decision to relocate and upgrade the boat launch so that boats can be launched and retrieved throughout the boating season is based on earlier studies that found boaters and local officials wanted additional public access to Lake George and boater’s usage of the southeastern basin of the Lake was far below “comfortable carrying capacity.” The 25-boat capacity planned for the boat launch will not exceed the “comfortable carrying capacity” for that portion of the lake.

Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative is an effort to improve recreational activities for in-state and out-of-state sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism opportunities throughout the state. This initiative includes the streamlining of hunting and fishing licensing and reducing license fees, improved access for fishing at various sites across the state, and increasing hunting opportunities in various regions.

In his 2014 Executive Budget, Governor Cuomo proposed creating 50 new land access projects. These projects will connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands that have gone untapped until now. These 50 new access projects include building new boat launches, installing new hunting blinds and building new trails and parking areas.

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DEC Ausable Point Day Use Area is Open

July 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

The Ausable Point Day Use Area, which includes a large swimming beach and picnic pavilion, is now open to the public the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today.

Ausable Point

The adjoining campground remains closed as DEC continues repair work. DEC plans to have the campground at least partially opened by Friday, July 15.

The day use area, campground and access road were underwater for almost two months during the historic flooding of Lake Champlain. The waters and waters caused extensive erosion and other damage. The Ausable Point Campground and Day Use Area and the adjacent Ausable Point Wildlife Management Area were inaccessible during this period. Once the water levels receded below flood stage, DEC staff began clean up and repair of flood damage on the road, the campground, beach and other facilities.

The fee to enter the day use area is only $8.00 per car.

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Your Adirondack Base Camp

April 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Miscellania

Hey, did you know that Schroon Lake, New York is:

Easy to get to, Close to Everything?


Let’s see:

  1. Nestled in the Magnificent Adirondack Park? …… check
  2. Scenic Mountain Landscapes?….. check
  3. Endless Waterways, Beaches, and Wilderness?….. check
  4. Arts Community?….. check
  5. Main Street with General Store, Cafes, and Restuarants?….. check
  6. Authentic Adirondack Experience?….. check
  7. Saavy Travelers, Rugged Outdoors-people, and Families?….. check

Schroon Lake, NY is Adirondack Base Camp
Well, obviously it must be Your Adirondack Base Camp.
Check them out if you’re planning a trip to the Adirondacks.

Update: North Warren, NY too?!!

North Warren, NY - Another Adirondack Base Camp

Update II:Old Forge is “Adirondack Base Camp” for visitors who launch out near and far seeking everything from serenity to adventure.”

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New York State Park Closures

February 19th, 2010 · 13 Comments · News

Update 5/15/10Several local parks won’t open this season

NYS Parks LogoI heard this morning about some potential local park closures. Well, it’s now confirmed. Two in my neighborhood are on the list:

Point au Roche and Macomb Reservation State Park.

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Dammit !!!

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Lake Champlain Beaches

April 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Adirondack Life

The last few days of unseasonably warm weather has started what I would call “Beach Fever”. My personal favorite is Point au Roche, followed by Ausable Point.

Here are the public beaches on the New York side of Lake Champlain.


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There are a handful of other small beaches, but they are either “secret” or limited to local residents. So, does anyone want to join me for some fun at the beach?

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Visitor Information for the Plattsburgh Beach 2015

June 20th, 2007 · 20 Comments · Adirondack Life

Greetings to our Canadian friends and everyone in the North Country. By popular demand, I present you with the information you have been searching for.

Here’s the information for the Plattsburgh beach on Cumberland Bay – Lake Champlain, purported to be one of the largest freshwater sand beaches in the USA:

Cumberland Bay State Park
Beach: June 20 – September 7 2015
Day Use 11am – 7pm
$7 per Car – $5 after 4pm

Plattsburgh City Beach
Day Use 9am – 9pm – weather permitting
M-F $6, Weekends $7 – US/CAN per car
Daily $4 After 4pm
Town/City Residents – Free
Open: June 13 – September 7 2015

These are really part of the same beach, one side operated by NY State and the other by the City of Plattsburgh. If I had to pick, I’d go for Cumberland Bay, only so I can use my Empire Pass. These are minutes from both downtown Plattsburgh and the Upper Cornelia commercial district.


Best place for lodging close to these beaches is in Plattsburgh.

Lake Champlain Beaches

Almost everything is located around Exit 37 off the Northway. I know every place, in some cases too well. They’re mostly branded properties, I’d recommend using that as your first guide to quality. Nuff said.

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City Beach Temporarily Closed

July 29th, 2006 · 2 Comments · News

Visitor Information for the Plattsburgh Beach


Update: City Beach Closes for the Year (8/21/06)

The Plattsburgh city beach is now closed for the season.

Plattsburgh faced budget cuts this year, so the beach opened later and closed earlier than usual.

The beach usually stays open through Labor Day weekend.

Access is still available at the Cumberland Bay State Park adjacent to the City Beach. Alternative beaches on Lake Champlain include Point au Roche and Ausable Point.

City beach closed

The Plattsburgh City Beach and the Cumberland Bay State Park beach were closed Thursday and Friday as a result of storm runoff and subsequent high bacteria levels. This means the water is full of crap.

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